The Specialty Photonics Division (SPD) is one of the two divisions that comprise OFS FITEL, LLC. While its sister division develops and manufactures products for the telecommunications and datacom markets, SPD focuses on unique, telco and non-telco fiber optic applications. OFS is incorporated in the United States and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Furukawa Electric Company of Japan. Our lineage is a complex one, a company born of mergers and acquisitions, and goes all the way back to Alexander Graham Bell.
Workplace safety and protection of the environment are part of every OFS SPD employee’s job and responsibility. No job is so import that we cannot take time to plan how to do it safely, and then do it safely for people and for the environment. No employee has the authority or the responsibility to work unless the job will be done safely. Part of our environmental and safety commitment includes adhering to U.S. and international laws and directives related to manufacturing and environmental practices, including the management of restricted materials.
OFS, Specialty Photonics Division, appreciates and shares the environmental concerns that prompted use-restrictions for an expanding list of chemical substances. As an environmentally responsible global manufacturer and leader in the optical fiber industry, we have implemented procedures and processes to abide by chemical use restrictions. These processes are incorporated into our ISO quality procedures and are an integral part of our Quality Management System. We routinely review our products to evaluate the need to redesign and/or obsolete products in consideration of up-to-date material-use restrictions. In addition, our product design procedure includes controls at various points in the process in order to ensure that appropriate materials are chosen, purchased, and used in the manufacture of new products.
OFS Specialty Photonics Division is a “supplier of articles” per Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, “Registration, Evaluation and Authorization (and restriction) of Chemicals (REACH)”. REACH requires that suppliers communicate with article recipients when “Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)” are present in concentrations exceeding 0.1% weight of an article. Below is the table of the most updated SVHC list which is maintained by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Chemicals have been added as recently as 06/18/10.
OFS SPD issues written statements (upon request) documenting whether an OFS part contains 0.1% or more by weight of any SVHC listed in Table 1. Written statements consider the following information:
With rare exception (in accordance with RoHS stated exemptions), OFS SPD parts installed in electrical or electronic equipment, will comply with the European Union (EU) “Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)” Directive as per the following criteria:
Restrictions on perfluorooctane sulfonates (PFOS) in European markets became effective June 27th, 2008. EU Directive 2006/122/EC (12 December, 2006; 30th amendment to EU Directive 76/769/EEC) requires that PFOS not be placed on the market or used as a substance or constituent in concentrations equal to or greater than 0.005% by weight. Please be advised that OFS Specialty Photonics Division does not knowingly or intentionally include PFOS as an ingredient in any of our fiber, cable, or assembly product recipes. Review of our suppliers’ materials safety data sheets shows no indication of PFOS at concentrations required for reporting under U.S. Occupational Health and Safety law (Hazard Communications, 29 CFR 1910.1200).
Bisphenol-A (BPA) has been used in the synthesis of polyesters, polysulfones, polyolefins, and polyether ketones. BPA has been a product additive in hydraulic brake fluid, rubber, soap, textiles, plasticizing chemicals, and (as a polymerization inhibitor) in poly vinyl chloride. BPA is has also been used in the production of polycarbonate plastic, the fire retardant TBBPA, and some epoxy resins. OFS parts are evaluated for BPA upon request. OFS SPD evaluation includes review of OFS SPD’s material specifications and “List of Material” drawings, our knowledge of our process, pertinent supply chain documentation (including “composition statements”, technical data sheets and or material safety data sheets), and known/ documented applications for BPA.
It is the policy of OFS Specialty Photonics Division in Avon, Connecticut, to manufacture products that are latex-free and that do not come in contact with latex during our manufacturing process.
OFS Specialty Photonics Division in Avon, Connecticut does not knowingly or intentionally manufacture or distribute products that contain or utilize heparin in any form. Heparin is a biologically derived organic molecule that is not intentionally used in our manufacturing process nor is it suspected of being a contaminant.
If a customer has any additional concerns not addressed here, please contact our Customer Relations Department at: 860 678 0371, and press 1 at the menu.
Products, services, and technologies produced in the United States by OFS, Specialty Photonics Division, are subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) administered by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U. S. Department of Commerce.
If you will be reshipping our product overseas, you will need a Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) number and an Export Control Classification Number (ECCN). Those are listed in the Export ¬Matrix, in alpha-numeric order by OFS part number. There are also regulations you must know and comply with regarding Prohibited or Restricted Destinations, End Users, Restricted End Uses, and more.
We take compliance with the import and export laws and regulations very seriously. We welcome our international customers, appreciate your business, and do everything possible to make sure that we efficiently process your requests for quotation and orders while strictly following U.S. import and export rules and regulations.
Following is a summary to help our customers better understand of OFS and our customers compliance responsibilities. This is just a summary and it’s not intended to be a full description of compliance requirements and obligations.
US law prohibits the export and re-export of Specialty Photonics products, services, and technologies to the US embargoed/sanctioned countries of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, or Syria, or to any individual or entity identified by the US Government as restricted or prohibited. Such individuals or entities are normally listed on one of the following lists: Specially Designated Nationals List, Debarred List, Denied Parties List, Entity List, and the Unverified List. These Lists are maintained in real time by the US Government (not OFS).
Specialty Photonics products, services, and technologies are restricted for certain applications (end uses). For restricted end-use information, please visit the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), specifically part 736, General Prohibitions, part 744, Control Policy, and part 446, Embargoes and other Special Controls.
US law prohibits US companies and their affilitiates from participating in boycott requests. US law also requires that US companies report such boycott requests to the government. It is our policy to not engage in inquiries or business transactions involving any boycotts not sanctioned by the US and to adhere to the reporting policies of the US. This policy is applicable to all employees, account executives, manufacturer’s representatives, and international distributors.
US law prohibits US companies, their affiliates and anyone authorized to negotiate business on their behalf from initiating or receiving bribes from foreign governments, entities acting on behalf of a government agency, or political officials. It is our own policy to not engage in any kind of bribery activity.
The US Customs Border Patrol has jurisdiction over all imports into the United States. While quota regulations do not necessarily apply to components we procure internationally, we must abide by regulations for proper product classification, description, value, and country of origin, among others. At this time, although we maintain a program to ensure US Customs Border Patrol compliance, we are not C-TPAT certified.
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OFS maintains several key memberships in industry associations and actively participates in standards committees. Standing memberships include: